Piacenza is a picturesque region located just over an hour south of Milan, with an ancient wine-making tradition dating back to Roman times. A funny anecdote about Cicero, who (about two thousand years ago) embarrassed his enemy Lucius Calpurnius Piso for drinking “one glass too many of the delicious Piacenza wines” during one of his speeches at the Senate. While the region fell out of vogue for centuries, in the last 15 years, there has been a breath of fresh air breathed into the wine industry by passionate winemakers. Fine wine estates like La Stoppa, La Tosa, Luretta, Lusenti, and Torre Fornello produce fantastic wines and are beautiful wineries to visit. The region is noted for its singular varietals such as red grapes Barbera, Croatina (giving life to Gutturnio, highly regarded red wine), and Bonarda, white grapes Ortrugo and Malvasia di Candia (blended they create Monterosso white wine from Val d’Arda). On this tour, you will try the locally produced orange wines, delightfully unique. This is a fun, convivial, and fascinating trip and a great way to treat yourself if you are looking for a luxurious wine tasting tour from Milan or Parma.
Piacenza Wine Tours Highlights:
- VIP Wine Tasting Tours Piacenza
- Superb local Michelin starred cuisine
- Excursion to Medieval Castle
- Day Tour from Milan
- Private driver and Mercedes
Below is a suggested Itinerary for your private Piacenza Wine Tours
Sample Piacenza Wine Tour Itinerary
- Lunch with wines
- Private Chauffeured Mercedes
Your private driver will meet you at your Milan hotel, and you will travel south into the Po Valley to Emilia-Romagna.
Your first stop will be at an utterly charming estate in the area, such as Torre Fornello. This gorgeous property is a treat to visit, and you will also hear about some surprising local legends. You will taste an array of wines, including the stunning Malvasia DOC “Una,” one of the best wines in the region.
Following an exhilarating morning of wine tasting, enjoy a delightful Michelin-starred lunch. You will taste an array of local dishes, all paired with Piacenza wines, of course. This part of the Po valley is famed for its gastronomy, and we are sure you will agree, after tasting chef Isa Mazzocchi’s dishes, such as Crostatina di zucca alla brace con cremoso di Cacio del Po e cipolle sott’aceto (char grilled squash pie with creamy cheese and pickled onion) or Risotto ai topinambur con polvere di liquirizia e Gorgonzola (Risotto with Jerusalem artichokes, liquorice and blue cheese)
After lunch, you will be welcomed at a second winery, such as the famed La Stoppa estate (winner of Three Glasses from Gambero Rosso, the highest honor). The winery and vineyards are spread out over 52 hectares, and the property is crowned with an elegant medieval tower. In 1973 the Pantaleoni family took on the estate and invested heavily in restructuring the vineyards and wine cellar. Today La Stoppa’s investment has paid off, and they are one of the most highly regarded wineries in Italy, producing a limited number of quality wines. They use local varietals such as Malvasia, Barbera, and Bonarda and foreign varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir. A VIP tour and tasting is in store, enjoy!
On the way back to Milan, you might stop for a visit to one of the many castles and medieval villages of the area, such as the marvelous Castell’Arquato, concluding your fantastic day out in the wine country.